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quickly vs very quickly

Lovely Lana

quickly vs very quickly
Dear colleagues, I need your help.
In one of the tests I ve come across this question:

He swims _______.
a) quickly      b) very quickly       c) the quickest

The correct answer is a).
What s wrong with answer b)?
Is it possible to choose between a) and b) without any context?

6 Feb 2012      


I can t see anything wrong with b). Without any context you can t choose, except very adds more emphasis, and perhaps thats not asked for.

As a native speaker b) actually sounds more natural. He swims quickly is a bit abrupt. I d be more likely to say He s a fast swimmer
A. He s a fast swimmer isn t he?
B. Yes he swims very quickly. 

6 Feb 2012     

Lovely Lana

Thanks a lot, dear Marion

6 Feb 2012